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Extremely Fine Greek Gold Stater of Alexander the Great

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Extremely Fine Greek Gold Stater of Alexander the Great

This coin is a Greek Gold Stater of Alexander the Great, circa 323-320 B.C. This coin is in EF (extremely fine) condition, and is 8.6 gms. This coin was minted in Miletos, and was struck under Philoxenos, who was a Macedonian general of Alexander the Great. After Alexander the Great's return from Egypt in 331 B.C., Philoxenos was appointed to superintend the collection of the tribute in the provinces north of the Taurus Mountains. In the subsequent distribution of the provinces after the death of Alexander in 323 B.C., Philoxenus was appointed by Perdiccas to succeed Philotas in the government of Cilicia circa 321 B.C. In that same year in the partition of Triparadisus after the fall of Perdiccas, he was allowed to retain his satrapy of Cilicia, and this likely was the period that the coin offered here was minted. The obverse of this beautiful coin has the helmeted head of Athena facing right, wearing a crested helmet with a coiled serpent. There are also coiled locks of hair seen on the cheek and neck, which is a unique feature of this obverse die and coin type. The reverse has a finely detailed and exceptional standing figure of Nike holding a victory wreath in her extended right hand, and a stylis in the left hand. The Nike seen on this coin is also one of the best examples seen on a coin of this type, and one can even see minute facial details that are not normally seen on a coin of this type. There is also a (Delta H) monogram in the left field. Another example of this type of the same grade was recently offered by Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Auction 72, no. 4047, $2,500.00-$3,000.00 estimates, $5,000.00 realized. References: Price 2078. SNG Ashmolean 2774. Ex: Harlan J. Berk, circa 1980's. Ex: Private CA. collection. I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition:

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